Packing is a lot like life. Everyone has a different method. Some methods cause you to shake your head in wonder while others leave you seriously impressed. No matter how prepared you are for your Lake Tahoe Getaway, chances are something is going to get left behind. Most likely, this something will be something you need, bordering on “can’t live without”. We have been in the business of Lake Tahoe vacation rentals for some time now, so read on for our pack hacks.
Stash an extra charger in the carry on
One of the most forgotten packing items is the phone charger. AKA: The life line. With a phone being so much more than just a phone these days, realizing that you left your charger at home while on vacation could send anyone into a panic. However, there are preventative measures for this forgotten item. We asked how some folks prevent this kind of leave behind and got a couple of responses back. The most common response is putting your charger in your purse, carry on or suitcase as soon as you wake up on the morning of travel. This goes for more than just phones too. In fact, one response we got back was putting all your chargers (tablets, laptops and handheld game devices) in a large Ziploc bag so they are all in the same spot. Luckily, we have a Radio Shack and a Kmart in the middle of town, making it easy to get a new one if all efforts fail or you lose your charger in transit.
Scan important documents to your email
We have all heard the horror story about the person who had their identification stolen (or misplaced) while on vacation. This is a nightmare regardless, but if you are traveling to Lake Tahoe from out of the country, this can ruin your vacation completely. Prior to leaving, scan copies of birth certificates, passports, driver’s license and insurance cards to your email address as well as to your traveling companions. Also, carry physical copies in the off chance you won’t be able to access your emails and need to have proof of identity. Hopefully you will not need to use the backups, but if you do, this will make things a lot easier when getting them replaced.
Use the pillbox
Whether you need your prescription meds, that daily multi or herbal supplements, use the daily pillbox. Sometimes it can seem like a hassle to organize them all before you leave, after all, you can remember to throw them in with the toiletry bag (another commonly left behind item), why should you organize them by day. This is all great and dandy, but what if you forget your health must haves at your home or at your Lake Tahoe vacation rental? Taking the time to sort these ahead of time and then toss in your suit case or carry on allows you to cross this portion of your packing off the list days in advance.
Don’t forget the toiletries
Deodorant, tooth paste, shampoo and makeup are some of the most commonly forgotten items when packing for vacation. You need these items the day of departure, preventing you from packing ahead of time. Several Lake Tahoe vacation rentals come equipped with these items; however, it is always a good to pack the mini sized versions of toiletries into your carry on. You never know when a flight will be delayed or you have to take a detour en-route to Lake Tahoe.
Always pack a coat & your swimwear, no matter what time of year.
Yes, you read that correctly. Whether it is winter or summer, be prepared with clothing items for both hot and cold weather. Even if the vacation home you are renting in Lake Tahoe doesn’t have a hot tub, there are other places where you can use your swim suit. Nephele’s on Ski Run rents out Hot Tubs for use to the public, not to mention several of the casinos and spas have indoor water options. In the summer, bring one cold weather outfit. This is an alpine beach town, which means it can be 80 degrees during the day, but dip down to 40 at night. Not to mention, long time locals can confirm that we have seen snow during summer months too. Yes friends, snow in July in California can happen. Be prepared regardless of what the weather forecast tells you.
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